A guide to local favorites in Río Piedras
- By Jhoni Jackson
- Photos by Dennis Rivera Pichardo
Río Piedras is far from being recognized as a tourist zone, but it’s one of Puerto Rico’s oldest neighborhoods, with residents and businesses working to revive this area thought by some to be rough in pockets (at times, it can feel empty). But don’t overlook gems like historic architecture throughout and the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus. If you happen to be in town on the last Thursday of the month, at night you’ll find an outdoor celebration organized by local businesses, with vendors and music filling its plazas. Walk down Avenida Universidad for even more activity.
Meet Jhoni Jackson
Jhoni, an Atlanta native of Cuban descent, relocated to Puerto Rico in 2012. She first experienced Puerto Rico with her abuelos during her preteen years. Through the friends and community she’s found, San Juan has become an unexpected but fulfilling home.
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